No time? No worries! You can make these spicy salmon bites – that just happen to be keto and paleo-friendly – in only 15 minutes. It’s a perfect lunch idea for lazy days.
I’m in love with everything spicy, but I haven’t used chipotle pepper that much until recently. Now, I add chipotle paste everywhere I can and see what comes of it. I really like its smoky flavor compared to a regular chili pepper, giving your food an interesting twist. And, of course, salmon and the smokiness of chipotle pepper give you flavors that were made in heaven. Without further ado….
LET’S MAKE SPICY SALMON!
The spicy salmon marinade is in charge of this recipe, so we need to prepare that first. You need to combine our chipotle paste (I use 2 tablespoons because I like to be on fire, but you can use only one tablespoon for a mild heat), olive oil, and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl and set aside. Then, cut your skinless salmon fillets into cubes of the desired size, season with salt and black pepper, and pour the spicy marinade on top. Don’t forget to mix everything together, so the salmon cubes are completely covered in the marinade!
After you preheat your non-stick skillet over a medium-high heat (I don’t recommend using a cast-iron skillet; no matter how well it’s seasoned, you can still end up with the salmon sticking to it!), add the salmon cubes and cook on each side or until golden brown.
Enjoy your spicy salmon warm, garnished with some chopped green onions and a side dish of your choice.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHIPOTLE SALMON?
I serve my chipotle salmon with an easy, fresh salad (spinach and cherry tomatoes) dressed with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt, but you’re welcome to try some of my side dish recipes if you want something extra!
GARLIC RANCH SAUTEED BROCCOLI AND SWEET POTATOES – crunchy broccoli and creamy sweet potatoes seasoned with some chili pepper powder will complement this spicy salmon recipe.
CREAMY KETO CAULIFLOWER MASH – a super easy-to-make side dish with a very light, nutty flavor. It fits both meat and fish main dishes.
MORE KETO SALMON RECIPES
GLUTEN-FREE KETO SALMON CAKES – Easy-to-make, delicious, keto lunch or dinner idea that can feed a whole family!
LOW CARB SALMON PATTIES – Made with coconut flour, these salmon patties are perfect for people who have nut allergies.
BENEFITS OF EATING SALMON
I personally try to eat salmon at least two times per week, because it’s a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for our brain and hormonal health. It’s also high in potassium. We all know that bananas are high in potassium too, but let me tell you, nothing can beat a salmon steak! 100g of salmon has 13% of the RDI, versus the 8% that we get from 100g of bananas along with their unnecessary sugars and carbs.
Here, I should probably start talking about how salmon is a predatory fish and how it has mercury in it. But don’t listen to me – here’s ADVICE ABOUT EATING FISH from the FDA. They recommend eating 2-3 servings (8-12 ounces or 226-340g ) of fish per week (and salmon is under the “Best Choice” list) for women who are or may become pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, and young children. No more words needed – keep calm and eat your salmon!
Spicy salmon bites
- 500 g fresh or frozen salmon (4 medium skinless fillets), thawed (if frozen) and chopped into bite-size pieces
- 2 tbsp chipotle paste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil for frying
- Green onions for garnishing (optional), chopped
- Combine the chipotle paste, olive oil, and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
- Cut the salmon into cubes (I prefer them to be a little bit bigger than bite-size) and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over a medium-high heat and add some olive oil.
- Pour the chipotle mixture over the salmon cubes and mix everything so all the salmon is covered in the marinade.
- When the skillet is smoking hot, add the salmon cubes and cook on each side for 4 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm topped with some chopped green onions and a side dish of your choice.
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